Movin’ to the Country

ABC’s new lifestyle series Movin’ to the Country debuts in July

From Friday 2 July at 7.30pm

Growing great ideas in Regional Australia

Australians are moving to the country faster than you can order a soy latte to go with your smashed avocado.

New research released by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) shows one-in-five city residents are considering a move to the regions, with more than half wanting to make the jump within the next twelve months. The global pandemic and work-from-home phenomenon have supercharged this trend.

Starting on Friday, 2 July, 7.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview, Movin’ to the Country celebrates the entrepreneurs, innovators and dreamers who are transforming the look and feel of Australia’s beautiful regional areas in surprising new ways.

The six-part series introduces inspiring people who’ve lived in regional Australia their whole lives, returned to the country, or made the decision to pack up their city lives to make a difference in regional towns. Movin’ to the Country showcases the beauty our country has to offer and celebrates the livability and appeal of regional Australia.

Hosts Craig Quartermaine, Kristy O’Brien and Halina Baczkowski, travel to a different region every week to tell the stories of folk looking to make a good living from their little patch of paradise. While it is not all beer and peaches, despite the struggles and setbacks, they’ve never looked back.

Each episode of Movin’ to the Country explores three stories within one region, to discover how people are creating new lifestyles for themselves and how their success has cascading effects in the community.

EPISODES:

  • EPISODE ONE: ORANA, NEW SOUTH WALES FRIDAY, 2 JULY, 7.30 PM

  • EPISODE TWO: SOUTH EAST TASMANIA FRIDAY, 9 JULY, 7.30 PM

  • EPISODE THREE: NORTH CENTRAL VICTORIA FRIDAY, 16 JULY, 7.30 PM

  • EPISODE FOUR: TOP END, NORTHERN TERRITORY FRIDAY, 23 JULY, 7.30 PM

  • EPISODE FIVE: LIMESTONE COAST, SOUTH AUSTRALIA FRIDAY, 30 JULY, 7.30 PM

  • EPISODE SIX: CAPRICORN & SUNSHINE COASTS, QUEENSLAND FRIDAY, 6 AUGUST, 7.30 PM

PRESENTERS:

Halina Baczkowski joined Landline in 2017 after a 20-year career as a radio host and producer, starting as an FM Radio ‘Rock Patrol’ driver. She progressed to producing and hosting before moving to news-based talk radio at Brisbane’s 4BC. She was later part of youth network NOVA, producing the breakfast program as well as creating, producing and co-hosting the first LGBTQI program for a commercial radio network. In 2010, she moved to the ABC in Brisbane, producing and managing news based radio programs, before joining the Landline team as a reporter and producer.

Kristy O’Brien is an NT based journalist who had worked extensively in the Darwin newsroom and on various National Current Affairs programs including Australian Story, Back Roads and Landline. She was named Overall Rural Journalist of the Year and Television Journalist of the year SA/NT in 2019 and 2020 for her outstanding work in agricultural & regional Journalism. Kristy is also an accomplished documentary producer and was named Screen Producer Australia’s One to Watch. In 2014 she was recognised at the Australian International Documentary Conference as a rising star receiving a scholarship to work for Jamie Oliver’s Production Company in London.

Craig Quartermaine is a proud Nyoongar man from Perth, now living outside Brisbane. He’s a stand- up comedian and ABC radio presenter whose former lives include working as a FIFO truck driver in WA’s mining industry and an apprentice chef. After his career change to the media in his late twenties, Craig contributed to writing the second season of ABC TV’s hugely popular Black Comedy and then became the WA correspondent for NITV.

Are they gonna eat them a lot of peaches? :rofl:

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Hope better than Escape From the City, which was people moving from a big city urban area to a smaller city urban area like the Sunshine Coast.

The ABC drops a ‘g’. Outrageous. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

They might be flashing a few to attract viewers. :peach:

Was referring to this…

…but OK. :rofl:

I realised that, so I was referring to getting your peaches out like in the latest Justin Bieber track Peaches. :wink:

I got my peaches out in Georgia (oh, yeah, shit)
I get my weed from California (that’s that shit)

Classic music of our times. :rofl:

I wanted to make a joke about the country so I will

As we were driving through the countryside, I looked at my boy and said, “Mountains aren’t just funny…”

“…they’re hill areas.”

Hill-arious. Thanks for the dad joke. :laughing:

Yeah, I do not recognise Justin Bieber in any way, shape or form. It’s shit music and he’s a shit human.

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I’m a big POTUSA fan.

Does anyone know who (Band or Artist) performs the Peaches song on Moving To The Country?

It’s in the credits.

David McCormack, singer-songwriter, best known as frontman of Brisbane-based rock group Custard, and for voicing the character Bandit in the animated children’s series Bluey.

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Movin’ to the Country - Season 2

From Friday, 8 July, 7.30pm

Movin’ to the Country celebrates the entrepreneurs, innovators and dreamers who are transforming the look and feel of Regional Australia.

The sheer vastness of Australia has been the main reason so many of us cling to the coast, hunkered down in the state capitals, grinding our teeth and daydreaming about escape. But thanks to an information revolution supercharged by a global pandemic, Australians are Movin’ to the Country faster than you can order a soy latte to go with your smashed avocado.

Now that we’re able to do just about anything from just about anywhere, regional Australia is undergoing enormous transformation as an exciting combination of locals and newcomers embrace a future full of opportunity. Research by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) shows that one-in-five city folk are dreaming of escaping to the regions.

Join our hosts Craig Quartermaine, Halina Baczkowski and Kristy O’Brien as they head off to a different region every week to tell the stories of folk looking to make a good living from their little patch of paradise. While it’s not all beer and peaches, despite struggles and setbacks, they’ve never looked back.

Episode 1 - VICTORIA

Friday 8 July 7.30pm

Craig Quartermaine kicks things off in Orbost in a remarkable brewery run by a young couple who make revolutionary beer by linking up with local farmers, foragers and divers to source unique ingredients, under the wise guidance of Indigenous writer and teacher Bruce Pascoe.

Kristy O’Brien heads out onto the Great Ocean Road to visit a third-generation dairy farmer changing the game by reviving the multiple benefits of the era of glass bottles.

Near Daylesford, Halina Baczkowski meets Buck and the community being created around the idea of sustainable, low-fi, ethical pig farming.

Episode 2– NEW SOUTH WALES

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Friday, 15 July, 7.30pm

Halina Baczkowski starts out in Bowraville, near Coffs Harbour where she discovers a mobile plastic recycling station which transforms plastic waste into multiple resources, whilst also creating a huge opportunity for the local Aboriginal Corporation. Near Lismore, Craig Quartermaine meets a young Maori man using feral deer culled from farming land to make a range of food and clothing in collaboration with other enterprising locals. Kristy O’Brien is in Orange, learning about the massive highs and crushing lows of producing saffron, the world’s most valuable spice.

Episode 3 - Queensland

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Friday 22 July 7.30pm

Craig visits a family who turned their pet’s battle with arthritis into a business. Halina meets an entrepreneur risking everything to prove he can farm seafood anywhere in the world. Kristy meets two brothers who turn fallen wood into bbq charcoal.

In Mission Beach, Craig Quartermaine visits a family of dog lovers, who turned their beloved pet’s battle with arthritis into a business converting the waste of the local fishing industry, plus a clever collaboration with neighbouring banana farms, into delicious dog treats.

Halina Baczkowski heads inland to Esk where a remarkable Chinese entrepreneur is risking everything to prove he can farm seafood anywhere in the world.

In Barcaldine, Kristy O’Brien drops in on two brothers who returned home to get their parent’s property ready for sale and accidently created a brand-new business turning fallen gidgee wood into fantastic barbeque charcoal which might just save the family farm.

Production credit: Executive Producers, Cathie Schnitzerling & Rachel Robinson. Manager – Screen, Jo Chichester. Head – Screen, Sport & Events, Kath Earle.

Episode 4 - Margaret River

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Friday 29 July 7.30pm

Movin’ to the Country heads west, to the beautiful Margaret River region. Kristy O’Brien starts off in Karridale where an incredible decision to create a unique abalone ranch resulted in a nearby couple of wine producers turning their love of pirate movies into a wild sparkling wine matured on the ocean floor.

Craig Quartermaine calls on a family of hemp growers, using the versatile crop to make food, clothing and entire houses.

Then Halina Baczkowski gets sweaty with a young couple whose homesickness for authentic Finnish sauna culture turned into a thriving business.

Production credit: Executive Producers, Cathie Schnitzerling & Rachel Robinson. Manager – Screen, Jo Chichester. Head – Screen, Sport & Events, Kath Earle.

Episode 5 - N Tasmania

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Friday 5 August 7.30pm

In Tasmania Kristy meets a couple of mates who harvest timber from drowned forest. In Derby, Halina goes on a mountain biking adventure. Craig meets entrepreneurs making the ancient Chinese spirit baijiu a best-selling drink.

This time we’re in northern Tasmania where Kristy O’Brien meets a couple of old university mates who saw the potential for harvesting timber from a drowned forest. Skilled wood workers then transform the recovered lumber into exquisite furniture.

Halina Baczkowski gets her wheels on in Derby with a young couple who made their hobby their livelihood, joining a luxury mountain biking adventure, utilising the best of local Tassie produce.

Then in Launceston, Craig Quartermaine drops in on some young entrepreneurs making the ancient Chinese spirit baijiu - the best-selling drink you’ve never heard of.

Production credit: Executive Producers, Cathie Schnitzerling & Rachel Robinson. Manager – Screen, Jo Chichester. Head – Screen, Sport & Events, Kath Earle.

Episode 6 - Kangaroo Island

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Friday 12 August 7.30pm

Halina visits Kangaroo Island and meets the owner of a local wildlife sanctuary. Kristy meets a couple of footy legends in the Clare Valley. Craig’s in the Barossa Valley where he meets two enterprising siblings.

Halina Baczkowski jumps on the ferry to Kangaroo Island to meet the owner of a local wildlife sanctuary who rebounded from the horrors of the 2020 bushfires to create a tour company turning tourists into citizen scientists.

Kristy O’Brien meets a couple of footy legends in the Clare Valley who grow year-round native foods to build partnerships with innovative local chefs.

Then Craig Quartermaine is in the Barossa Valley, on a sixth-generation sheep farm where two young siblings are taking the property in entirely new directions.

Production credit: Executive Producers, Cathie Schnitzerling & Rachel Robinson. Manager – Screen, Jo Chichester. Head – Screen, Sport & Events, Kath Earle.